Tyson Foods is expanding its leadership roster with the addition of a new President and Chief. Donnie King has been appointed to take the helm of Tyson Foods’ poultry business, effective September 3, 2020. Chad Martin will also step in as Chief Operating Officer of Poultry.
“I’m pleased to once again lead our poultry business and eager to work with Chad and the team as we explore additional ways to ensure we’re operating safely and efficiently while meeting the dynamic needs of our customers,” said King.
First joining Tyson Foods in 1982, King has served in Poultry Plant and Supply Chain Management.
He has held a variety of executive leadership positions, including President of North American operations, managing all operational aspects of poultry, fresh meats, and prepared foods. He has also been Group President of International.
“Donnie is a recognized leader who will work with the team to accelerate our strategic growth plans for the chicken segment,” said Dean Banks, President and Incoming CEO of Tyson Foods. “We are confident that his knowledge and experience will help us continue strengthening our chicken operations.”
King has over 35 years of experience working in the poultry business, both domestically and globally. He will once again lead the company’s chicken unit, guiding and mentoring members of its leadership team, including Chad Martin, who will take on the new role of Chief Operating Officer of poultry.
According to the press release, Martin has been with Tyson Foods since 1998. With over 22 years of experience, he has led the company’s poultry and beef businesses and has also served in various leadership roles in food safety and quality assurance.
Recently, King served as Group President and Chief Administration Officer, leading areas such as food safety and quality assurance, health and safety, continuous improvement, engineering, and supply chain.
Congratulations to Donnie King and Chad Martin on their new positions!